On April 2 residents of Colorado Springs will go to the polls to elect a mayor and three at-large city councilors … wait a minute, there are no polls! Actual elections are so dreary, old-fashioned and inconvenient. Instead, we’ll cast our votes by snail mail, yet another dreary, old-fashioned...
One of my favorite Facebook groups is “Old Pics of Colorado Springs,” a nostalgic site where longtime residents and natives mourn and celebrate our city’s resplendent past. Where did it go, that sweet little city of 40,000 souls? Where are its quiet days, peaceful streets and deep silences? Where...
What city project required 53 staffers, an 18-person steering committee, drew 9,000 participants and generated 24,508 social media posts? Such a vast effort in the private sector might signal the construction of a cluster of high-rise buildings or the creation of a soon-to-be billion-dollar company. But we’re talking city...
It should be an interesting year in local politics, particularly at the multiple intersections of business and politics. I’ve learned from sad experience not to make specific predictions, unless you make so many of ’em that no one remembers the bad ones! So here are some guesses about 2019,...
Let’s consider power plants, the state lottery and the vagaries of local politics.
Like so many midsize cities stuck in the orbit of a much larger metropolis, Colorado Springs has always suffered from a certain existential angst. St. Paul can’t compete with Minneapolis; Dallas dwarfs Fort Worth; and Denver will always disrespect Colorado Springs. Indeed, Denver can be compared with a black hole,...
In about a week The New York Times will host its annual Cities for Tomorrow conference in New Orleans. You weren’t invited to present? Inexplicably, neither was I — nor, as far as I can tell, was anyone from Colorado. You can, however, write a big check, sit in...
So you want to run for city council next year? Better get ready — the election’s less than five months away. I know, I know — you’re careful, competent and prepared. You’re ready to do your part, and help steer America’s favorite midsized city into the bright future that...
The blue tsunami swept through Colorado on Election Day, leaving a few forlorn red islands in its wake. Voters forcibly retired three of our state’s nationally prominent moderate Republicans, replacing them with Democrats. Veteran congressman Mike Coffman lost to Jason Crow, former state treasurer Walker Stapleton lost to Jared...
Despite a few setbacks in recent years (kneeling active players protesting racial injustice, dying former players afflicted by brain damage), the National Football League rolls on. It’s the unstoppable behemoth of professional sports, one that was hardly a blip on the screen in the 1950s. But then came the...
Warning: This is a somewhat personal column. That said, proceed at your own risk. In the summer of 1962, I set sail for the South Seas and beyond. My goal was to circumnavigate, to follow the wake of countless sailors before me, have amazing adventures and see the world. I...
Every owner of a traditional detached single-family home in Colorado Springs knows that great landscaping improves both one’s property and the surrounding neighborhood. That’s abundantly clear in neighborhoods such as the North End and Briargate, where private and publicly maintained landscapes create green, leafy inviting spaces. When Gen. William Palmer’s...